A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids get to see real trucks and heavy equipment in action on demolition and excavation projects. Terms that will be unfamiliar to kids such as "gazebo" and "demoing" are defined and illustrated at a child's level. Positive messages about self-awareness, friendship, and teamwork are present throughout.
Kids see that although these vehicles are of different sizes, shapes, and abilities, each one plays a vital role within the team, and they work best when they work together. Each story shows one character learning a valuable lesson such as self-control and respect for others' feelings. The trucks stick to their work until the job is done, and they take pride in doing their work well. The five-truck team includes two female characters.
Positive Role Models
The trucks have distinct personalities and abilities, and each one is important to the success of the team, but that doesn't mean they're perfect. Each story shows one or more of them learning a lesson the hard way, but they're always willing to acknowledge what they've done wrong and how they can do better in the future. As a leader, Tork is patient and leads by example.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Terrific Trucks follows the adventures of five real trucks and excavating machines with animated eyes and engaging personalities. Each episode sees them tasked with a job around their community that requires all or some of their expertise. As they work to complete it, they must resolve problems that arise, which leads to lessons about personal and team dynamics. Viewers learn how the machines operate, what jobs they can do, and how they work together to complete a job, as well as basic jargon related to excavation. By focusing on real trucks in real settings, the show makes it easy for young viewers to draw parallels between the characters and what they see in the real world. Another bonus? It makes it a lot more enjoyable for grown-ups to watch with their kids.
Is It Any Good?
This exceptional series caters to kids who love big vehicles, and its unique live-action style (animated eyes are superimposed on real trucks) is a real treat. By keeping the animation to a minimum and putting the characters in real-life scenarios, the show allows kids to draw greater parallels between the characters and similar earth movers they might see in person. At the same time, the trucks' distinct personalities complement their physical appearances, from Blinker, the diminutive mini front-end loader, to the solid, reliable dump truck, Tork.
Terrific Trucks also captivates kids by incorporating some excellent life lessons in the characters' relationships. As in real life, there's always an element of surprise when you're rubbing elbows (or buckets) with others, and the trucks learn a lot about group dynamics and teamwork through their real-world experiences. Need another reason to love this show? It celebrates the kind of work these vehicles -- and by extension, their operators -- do in the real world.
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